Barack Obama started serving as chairman of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, an education grant program, in 1995, the same year he was elected to the Illinois state Senate.
As chairman, Obama oversaw the disbursement of $49.2 million in Annenberg grants (Snip) Since the start of his political career,
Obama has received a total of $331,528 in campaign contributions from people who served as staff and board members of non-profit groups that received grantsWeb Link
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